I guess one of the real problem with Malaysian Architecture is it lacks of publication even on the internet. I have been browsing for Malaysian architecture these few days and surprisingly I found that there are many amazingly great projects back home. I stumbled upon many photos of interesting designs that I wish I could dig further for my assignment. But it is frustrating that how brief most of the information is. I also wonder if having a website is such a big deal (expensive, is it?) since not many firms have a website, let alone a good one. Some websites I have to say are not inviting at all. Many use dark/navy blue as the primary color, why is it? I don’t hate blue, but it’s not tasty at all as an architecture website… I also found some real good architects who keep blogs, but the problem with a blog is, it depends on the updates. Therefore, even if it is a current project (since some projects run for years), but if the post was 7 months ago, the blog seems abandoned. Besides, it is hard to browse through projects (have to view old entries) especially when the layout is so poor. Also, I realize that Malaysian architects don’t really talk (publically) about others design except in AM (Architecture Malaysia). Talking about others design (even giving bad criticism) actually helps to advertise the works. I guess, we need more voluntary architecture critics back home. Haish, tak payah la melayu sangat… komen-komen cakap belakang buat apa… tulis laaa… bagi satu dunia baca, baru la famous….!
So… who designed this modern Bidayuh Baruk? Hands up!
For some reasons, that Baruk reminds me of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye… maybe the columns… hahahaa